• PG-13, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Scott Hicks
    In Theaters:
    Apr 20, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 28, 2012
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

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The Lucky One Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

How bad is this Zac attack? Well, let's just say I'm convinced director Scott Hicks opted to render his buff-and-scruffy star the strong, silent type just to keep Efron from opening his mouth.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: D

June 2, 2013
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

Falling victim to his source material, Hicks fails to invest it with any sort of edge, rendering the cinematic version as mawkish and saccharine as Sparks' bloated prose.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

October 24, 2012
Mark Clark
What Culture

Even within the company of recent Sparks releases like this year's 'The Vow', 'The Lucky One' comes across as a two-dimensional cartoon masquerading as heartfelt human interaction.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

October 4, 2012
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

A pretty to look at but emotionally void film that does no favours for its otherwise lovely lead actors.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/10

September 15, 2012
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The movie follows the Sparks formula so precisely, you could write out every detail of the plot just from watching the trailer.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 4/10

August 24, 2012

If you're after a high-quality weepie, this superbly crafted romantic melodrama from director Scott Hicks (Shine; The Boys Are Back) and novelist Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook; Dear John) will drain your tear ducts.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 30, 2012
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

If you are inclined to say, 'they had me at Zac Efron' then the hunky actor and his scene-stealing boxer briefs will likely make any logic in this screenplay superfluous.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: C-

June 3, 2012
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

There is not one real, natural, or genuine second in this movie. It's a standard, stock romance that felt more like the filmmakers were completing a checklist of "romantic drama" story cliches, than telling an actual story

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 12, 2012
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine

Unfortunately, this film will only appeal to those on date night or diehard Sparks fans.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 5.1/10

May 11, 2012
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Clearly, weepie king Sparks is scraping for angsty love story scenarios.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 1/4

May 6, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

There's a thin line between the exploration of grief and its exploitation that this film crosses.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

May 5, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

All of this [plot] serves as justification for the movie's true purpose, which is to show two gorgeous-looking actors, Efron and Schilling, in artfully photographed and tasteful PG-13 sex scenes.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 4, 2012

Old-fashioned romance to the core, Hicks' film will win no film-making accolades, but will do neither of its attractive leads any harm in the notoriety stakes either.

Full Review Source: Real.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 4, 2012
Jason Best
Movie Talk

It's all very contrived and sentimental and could easily be unbearably slushy, but director Scott Hicks just about keeps the schmaltz in check.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

May 4, 2012
Derek Malcolm
This is London

After this performance no further evidence is needed of Efron's ability to do vulnerability and puppy love - we're ready now to see whether he can show any bite.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

May 4, 2012
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

Hicks coats everything in a treacly glow that suffocates any sign of life, least of all from the cast.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

May 4, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

It is dispiriting to see Efron fall prey to the most dangerous rival of artistic expression facing young actors today: the Nicholas Sparks adaptation.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

May 4, 2012
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

Flicks don't come chickier than this.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2012
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

A tsunami of syrup and a Niagara of nonsense here in this mind-blowingly ridiculous romdram...

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 1/5

May 3, 2012

Zac Efron is Tom Cruise-lite. Beyond the blue eyes and man-scaped stubble, you are left with an actor who simply pauses on screen when he is not speaking.

Full Review Source: UTV | Original Score: 2/10

May 3, 2012
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